Top five wines from Sydney Cellar Door 2014

One of our favourite annual wine events, Sydney Cellar Door shows off all points of the compass of New South Wales wine, smack bang in the middle of Sydney’s Hyde Park. So much easier than hopping in the car with a map for the weekend! Here is what we drank and loved:

Shaw Vineyard Estate ‘Cielo’ Sparkling Semillon NV RRP $20 Murrumbateman

Gently lilting bubbles lift the scent of autumnal pears & green apples, bit like freshly brewed cider. Perfectly delightful for an afternoon in the park. Cielo is Italian for sky so set down a picnic rug & glasses, lay back & look for messages in the clouds.

De Iuliis Wines Semillon 2013 RRP $18 Hunter Valley

Why are we always banging on about Semillon? Because it’s fresh, affordable and it is NSW’s flagship wine. Drink up ladies, we implore you! This one is a classic Hunter Sem – ridiculously full of citrus and lemon, so crisp and refreshing you could bite into it.

Freeman ‘Fortuna’ Pinot Gris Plus 2011 RRP $25 Prunevale.

(Yep, Prunevale)

A real mixed bag of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & for something different, Aleatico – which is a red grape! Lively, full bodied and fruity; the different grapes slip over the tongue and around the mouth. This wine shows longer length than single varietal wines and proves the sum of the parts become far greater than the whole.

Charles Sturt ‘R’ Rosé 2013 RRP $20 Tumbarumba

Charles Sturt University is where New South Welsh winemakers go to learn about, erm, winemaking. They then sell the wine they’ve learned to make, how clever is that? This dry rose is made from cool climate Pinot Noir which means it is delicately floats on the palate, smells and tastes of cherries, and is a great wine to match with almost any food you fancy.

Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Barbera 2011 RRP $24 Orange

Barbera is a classic Italian grape that due to it’s medium body and fine tannin is a great alternative to Pinot Noir. Angullong’s version is richly purple with silky tannins and ripe cherries and raspberries. Great with the Sunday roast – be it lamb or beef.